2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit

We cover a ton of fast cars and torque-rich trucks here at TopSpeed, but sometimes we’ve got to examine what we’re up against — or what the bank robber who’s stolen a BMW 3 Series as a get-away car is up against. Take a look at the new 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit. The new police cruiser from Dodge gets all the updates the civilian Charger gets, but also comes with all the right stuff for nabbin’ perps.

Cops are very demanding of their cars; it’s their rolling office and has to be comfortable for an eight-hour shift, plus be ready for chasing suspects sideways down a back road or at 120 mph on the interstate. Dodge has brought the goods with the 2015 Charger Pursuit, retaining all the positive characteristics from the previous Charger, plus incorporating some new features that keep officers happy and Dodge competitive in the squad car category. Remember Ford and Chevy offer some stiff competition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Exterior

Dodge Charger Pursuit
Dodge Charger Pursuit
Dodge Charger Pursuit

The 2015 Charger Pursuit shares the same updates as the civilian Charger

The 2015 Charger Pursuit shares the same updates as the civilian Charger; the lower, more streamlined grille and hood, the relocated C-pillar, and the revised rear ‘racetrack’ taillight feature. Beyond the basic changes is the added push bumper for protecting the grille during PIT maneuvers and pushing disabled vehicles to safety, A-Pillar spotlights, built-in Wig-Wag lights incorporated into the new LED daytime running lights, a roof-mounted light bar, rear decklid-mounted emergency lights, and more Wig-Wags in the rear taillight assembly.

Of course blacked out steel wheels is the standard fair with cop cars, as is the custom livery wraps available directly from Mopar.

Interior

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The steering wheel offers programmable buttons for operating aftermarket police gear

The Charger Pursuit gets many of the 2015 Charger updates, but several things differ from the standard version. The most obvious difference is the all-business center console. Gone is the civilian version with its center-mounted gear selector and in its place is a completely customizable unit that fits everything from radios and scanners, to controls for radar and sirens. It also hides the extensive wiring harnesses included to power all the extra equipment. Hook-ups for laptop computers, 12-volt accessories and other equipment are all present.

Special seats are included that feature cutouts in the side bolstering, making room for the often-massive utility belts officers wear. The seat still comes with side airbags for side impacts. Back seats can come with heavy-duty coverings for the less-than-adequately-dressed accused who may find themselves with a free ride downtown.

The Charger’s new thick-grip steering wheel also offers several remappable auxiliary buttons that cops can configure to run whatever aftermarket police gear they want. Also within reach is Chrysler’s 5.0-inch Uconnect touchscreen in the dash for displaying the rearview camera, vehicle information, and entertainment options.

Drivetrain

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The HEMI V-8 is the engine to choose if high-speed pursuit is expected.

Just like before, the 2015 Charger Pursuit comes with two available powerplants: the 3.6-liter, Pentastar V-6 and the mighty 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8. The Pentastar V-6 is rated at 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque while the optional HEMI V-8 makes 370 horses and 390 pound-feet.

Both engines are backed by Chrysler’s proven five-speed automatic transmission. Though the old five-speed isn’t offered in the civilian Charger, the need for center console space in the Charger Pursuit necessitates a column-mounted shifter. The ZF eight-speed transmission, the standard unit in the regular 2015 Charger, requires an electronic gear selector that apparently couldn’t be modified to work with the interior layout. Added cost of the ZF unit is also a likely reason the five-speed returns. For police departments located in foul-weather states, all-wheel-drive is available, even with the HEMI — this is not an option on civilian Chargers.

The Pentastar might not make headlines with its horsepower rating, but it does a fantastic job at adequately motivating the Charger while still providing 26 mpg highway. It’s also E-85 flex-fuel capable.

The HEMI V-8 is the engine to choose if high-speed pursuit is expected. With 370 horses on tap, the Charger scoots to 60 mph in just under six seconds. Even with the added power, the HEMI still returns a matching 26 mpg highway thanks to cylinder deactivation. Of course, stomping the gas and even just in-city cruising uses more fuel than the Pentastar V-6.

Type3.6-liter Pentastar V-65.7-liter HEMI® V-8
Output292 HP370 HP
Torque260 LB-FT390 LB-FT
0 to 60 mphTBA6 seconds

Suspension and Brakes

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Yep, it’s got cop tires, cop suspension, & cop shocks

It might not have the 440 cubic inch plant and it comes standard with catalytic converters, but the Blues Brothers would be mighty proud of this Mopar patrol car. It comes fitted with performance-tuned suspension with load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, heavy-duty sway bars front and rear, heavy-duty vented disc brakes front and rear with aggressive ABS tuning, 18-inch, all-season performance tires, and a two-mode electronic stability control system.

In emergency braking situations, the braking system will provide maximum braking power to cut stopping distances. The brakes also help the rear tires maintain traction, acting as a brake-lock system on the differential. Another interesting trick the brakes do is periodically compress the pads against the rotors in rainy conditions to keep everything dry. Clever.

Prices

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While Dodge hasn’t released pricing on the 2015 Charger Pursuit, count on an increase in price from the standard Charger. All that wiring, the fuse boxes, beefy suspension components, and tires cost extra to include. As with any car, the more options you add, the more the price increases. Mopar offers quite a few add-ons, but the majority of equipment fitted to standard-issue Chargers will come from aftermarket supplies.

Expect the price to vary wildly depending on how the car is ordered and modified. The standard 2014 Charger starts at $26,995, so expect a modest increase for the 2015 model year jump, along with the police pursuit package.

Competition

Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

The Ford Taurus replaced the antiquated Ford Crown Victoria back in 2012 and is a more capable cruiser in nearly every respect. The Taurus enjoys four separate engine choices starting with the base 3.5-liter V-6. The optional 3.7-liter V-6 is shared with the Mustang, while the mighty 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 is similar to the one found in the F-150. Also present is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder.

The Taurus comes standard with front-wheel-drive, but all-wheel-drive is optional with the 3.7-liter V-6 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.

Chevrolet Caprice PPV

Chevrolet Caprice PPV

Chevrolet has replaced its outdated and outclassed Impala patrol car with the more powerful Caprice PPV. It comes to the States thanks to GM Australia where the car is manufactured. It rides on the same dated but quite capable Zeta platform found in the Chevy SS and Camaro, along with several Holden Holden products. Sadly, the fact that the Chevy Caprice is technically an import car bars it from service in many U.S. police departments.

Technicalities aside, the Caprice PPV is basically a stretched out and stripped version of the respectable Chevy SS. Power comes from a 6.0-liter V-8 that packs 355 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. The ever-present 3.6-liter V-6 can also be ordered for departments looking to save on fuel.

Conclusion

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The Dodge Charger makes a solid choice for police departments, especially considering all the advancements it receives for 2015. The HEMI V-8 makes short work of catching up to fleeing purps while the Pentastar V-6 is an economical choice for smaller departments or those working mostly in town.

The Charger Pursuit also carries the meanest attitude of the three competitors. Its intimidating presence is likely enough to deter would-be crooks from committing crimes or exceeding the posted speed limit.

LOVE IT
  • Aggressive looks
  • Solid performance from HEMI V-8
  • RWD and AWD options, ven with the HEMI
  • Cop-focused interior makes shifts more pleasant
LEAVE IT
  • ZF eight-speed auto not available
  • Cost is likely high
  • Makes us quiver at the though of speeding tickets

Press Release

The Dodge brand recognizes that the heroic men and women who protect us must be equipped with the best performing pursuit-rated vehicle loaded with tactical equipment and technology. And for 2015, the Dodge Charger Pursuit – America’s high-performance police vehicle – has been significantly redesigned, infused with even more world-class safety and security, technology and pursuit-rated hardware, all while offering 370 best-in-class horsepower, factory-installed Mopar upfit packages and the segment’s most advanced all-wheel-drive (AWD) system for maximum tactical performance, all-weather traction and fuel-efficiency.

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“Dodge has a strong police car heritage, and we are proud to offer a vehicle armed with modern muscle and cutting-edge technology to help law enforcement agencies perform their duties,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, SRT Brand and Fleet Operations, Chrysler Group LLC. “The new Pursuit police car is based on our new 2015 Dodge Charger. It delivers up to 370 best-in-class horsepower, is available in both rear- and all-wheel drive, has a new driver-focused cockpit and adds new safety and security features, as well as new state-of-the art technologies, all designed to deliver the ultimate performance expected from Dodge.”

Restyled with a confident “superhero” stance
Spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, Charger Pursuit’s easily recognizable Coke-bottle design and scalloped body sides , sinister front crosshairs and aggressive stance and signature LED “racetrack” tail lamps all get a major makeover for 2015 with cleaner lines to create a sleek, chiseled, nimble and lighter weight appearance. The exterior redesign includes changes to the hood, fenders, front and rear fascias, headlamps, tail lamps and front doors.

Starting up front, the 2015 Charger Pursuit’s new front styling features an all-new crosshair grille, LED turn signals and daytime running lights (DRLs), and new projector-beam headlamps. The Charger’s all-new forward-leaning front fascia gives it a superhero’s confident stance. Slim, elongated DRLs and a full-width grille enhance the width of the sedan, while Dodge logos are echoed in the outside corner of each headlamp for added detail.

In profile, the 2015 Charger carries forward its muscular Coke-bottle styling, with streamlined side scallops, while headlamps and tail lamps are now wrapped around each corner to create a trimmer, more lightweight look.

At the rear, the C-pillar has been moved rearward to create an even more pronounced fastback appearance. Dodge Charger Pursuit’s signature “racetrack” LED tail lamp has been updated with the same continuous glowing light ribbon technology that first debuted on the new Dodge Durango. The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the deck lid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing for the centering of the backup camera.

Mobile command center with all-new state-of-the-art technologies
As the new Charger Pursuit was designed and engineered alongside the new 2015 Dodge Charger, the driver-focused interior has been significantly upgraded with the high-tech treatment. A new 7-inch full-color multi-view instrument gauge cluster offers more than 100 intuitive ways to customize how information is presented. At the center, a new instrument panel center stack with next-generation Uconnect 5.0 system with 5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth is standard equipment. New for 2015, every Charger Pursuit includes hands-free Uconnect Phone standard.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Framing the Charger’s new instrument cluster is a newly redesigned three-spoke thick rim sport steering wheel. The buttons to control driver information functions are now larger and illuminated to make them easier to operate. Buttons for Uconnect and mobile phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes, while audio controls are found on the back of the steering wheel spokes.

Developed with the guidance of the brand’s Police Advisory Board, the new 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit features a mobile-command interior with a new vehicle systems interface module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats with unique bolstering to accommodate officers’ belt-mounted gear and column-mounted shifter with Auto Stick to free up space for center-console mounted controls.

Feedback from the field improves the new 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit
With input from law enforcement officials and Dodge brand’s 22 member Police Advisory Board, the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit continues to add improvements to meet the high expectations and performance needs of the heroes who protect us. Continued improvements for 2015 include:

New Dodge steering wheel with remappable auxiliary buttons programmed to operate aftermarket police equipment
Fleet Park Assist Group (includes rear backup camera and Park Sense for enhanced rear-view visibility)
Larger 14.5-in. front and 13.8-in. rear pursuit-rated brake package now standard for increased performance
Improved fuel economy with expertly tuned steering performance from the new all electric power steering (EPS) system on RWD vehicles
Additional front suspension bushing durability improvement for RWD
Uniquely designed fascia brake cooling ducts
Wig Wag prepared LEDs in front headlamp assembly for seamless look
Improved Vehicle System Integration Model with additional input/output:
New radio mute input
Pulse Width Modulation vehicle speed output
“Reverse” position output
“Drive” position output

Dodge Charger Pursuit

America’s high-performance police vehicle delivers 370 best-in-class horsepower, proven architecture
Designed and engineered to be America’s high-performance police vehicle, the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 and V-8 models provide law-enforcement with two uncompromised, high-performance engines that deliver world-class levels of power, refinement, technology and fuel efficiency.

Delivering best-in-class power, the Dodge Charger Pursuit V-8 with its 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine unleashes 370 horsepower, 390 lb.-ft. of torque, 0-to-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and up to 26 miles per gallon (mpg) highway with innovative four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology. The legendary Charger Pursuit powertrain set the fastest-ever lap time at the 2012 Model Year Michigan State Police (MSP) Vehicle Evaluation (1:33.70) at the Grattan Raceway in Belding, MI.

In addition, Dodge Charger Pursuit V-6 with its aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 292 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and offers E-85 flex-fuel capability and up to 26 mpg highway.

With superior ride and handling, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features Chrysler Group’s second-generation large car RWD architecture with performance-tuned suspension, load-leveling NIVOMAT shocks, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels and two-mode electronic stability control (ESC).

New advanced safety and security features
In addition to its standing as a 2013 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” the Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect with uncompromising safety and security technology, including standard advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers and a driver’s knee bag.

Mopar factory upfit equipment provides customers with quality-tested equipment and hassle-free ordering and servicing
For the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit, Dodge and Mopar have teamed up to offer law enforcement officers with the ability to customize their vehicle to their exact specifications right from the manufacturer. To enhance Dodge Charger Pursuit’s world-class levels of technology, safety, handling and efficient power, Mopar worked with leading-industry upfit suppliers to develop the best combination of tactical equipment and performance.

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Mopar conducted extensive testing to ensure that its police upfit equipment meets and exceeds the heavy-duty durability cycle and tests requirements of the Dodge Charger Pursuit.

The base police prep package for the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit includes the following:

Emergency equipment electrical system wire harness: Capable of providing the appropriate power, ground and fusing for a variety LED, lighting, siren, computer, modem, or camera systems. The wire harness integrates with both the Vehicle Systems Interference Module (VSIM) 24-way connector and the 12-pin connector that Chrysler Group provides at the console
Power distribution center (PDC): Contains the fusing and relays for circuits contained in the wire harness. The PDC is supplied from the battery with two 100-amp main fuses. These fuses are separated in order to accommodate departments that wish to control some circuits with a timing device. For installers who want to use timer systems to prevent power drains on the battery, the PDC will accept the device’s output and channel it to the usual elements controlled by timers, including camera, computer, modem and printer systems
Slide-out trunk tray: Provides a stable, easily accessible platform on which the installer can position and install electrical equipment. The trunk tray provides a 37.5-inch by 19-inch mounting surface for electrical and communications gear. Locking slides provide movement, allowing a technician easier access to equipment mounted to the tray. An industry-first integral ground buss bar helps eliminate poor grounding, the most common police equipment issue. The tray is adjustable and allows for a variety of equipment heights and needs
Trunk air-circulation fan: Stabilizes trunk temperature in a relatively short period of time, helping all trunk-mounted electronic equipment to function properly by circulating heated or cooled air from the driver’s compartment into the trunk area
Siren speaker: Provides a 100-watt siren driver that is certified to meet SAE Class A and California Title XIII requirements when matched with an appropriate siren amplifier. Given that the system is mounted behind the grille, the look of the vehicle remains clean, while the siren location does not impact engine cooling

The wiring prep package for the 2015 Dodge Charger Pursuit includes the following:

Emergency equipment electrical system wire harness: Capable of providing the appropriate power, ground and fusing for a variety LED, lighting, siren, computer, modem or camera systems. The wire harness integrates with both the Vehicle Systems Interference Module (VSIM) 24-way connector and the 12-pin connector that Chrysler Group provides at the console
Power distribution center (PDC): Contains the fusing and relays for circuits contained in the wire harness. The PDC is supplied from the battery with two 100-amp main fuses. These fuses are separated in order to accommodate departments that wish to control some circuits with a timing device. For installers who want to use timer systems to prevent power drains on the battery, the PDC will accept the device’s output and channel it to the usual elements controlled by timers, including camera, computer, modem and printer systems

In addition to these packages, the following Mopar parts may be ordered separately:

Dodge Charger Pursuit

Police floor console
Spare-tire relocation bracket
Horizontal and vertical vinyl graphics
Ballistic door panels for driver and passenger doors (Protection: NIJ Level III+)
Steel seat back inserts for driver and passenger seats


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